Young Black Entrepreneurs & Innovators Share What Inspires Them To Succeed
Olivia Dope: DJ, Designer and Dancer, Guyanese, Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY
Olivia Dope has been recognized by the New York Post as one of NYCs female DJs to watch. Her clientele list includes: UNICEF, Adidas, Jones Magazine and celebrity designers, The Blonds, to name a few.
Olivia Dope: I’m inspired by Grace Jones, mainly for her unapologetic boldness. People have no choice but to respect her for always staying true to who she is.
I have learned to keep the blinders on, maintain tunnel vision and remember MY worth. Studying what privileges you think another race/class may have over you on the road to success only hinders your mind, keeping you in the mental prison the Jim Crow laws and slavery created years ago. Our ancestors knew we were deserving. We need to remember that too.
My advice to those coming behind me is to be nice to the janitor. He just might be the best friend of that millionaire CEO you’re trying to impress. Karma is truly like a Seinfeld episode… you never know.